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Old April 20th, 2009, 11:01 AM
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Default Save my Palm from me

Hello everyone!

I am new to Florida, and have a sick palm tree in my from yard, and was hoping someone could tell me what it is, what is wrong with it, and how to save the poor thing.

I have only lived here 2 months, and the Palm didn't look so hot from the start, but now it is really looking bad. The top is all rotty looking, but one new frond is sprouting out.

Please help?? I am so bad with plants...
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Old April 20th, 2009, 04:36 PM
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Default Hey your Cycad (sago) has seeds

Well first you will want to trim off the brown stems. Buy some fungicide and spray it on the hole palm tree. Send me some seeds if you can. That would be great. I love Sago's. PLease PLease.
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Old April 20th, 2009, 06:05 PM
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I will happily send you as many of the seeds that you want if you will please tell me what fungicide to buy, and how much of the brown nasty on the top is safe to remove. Is it Supposed to get all... fuzzy and strange on top when it seeds? If it trim off all the brown leaves, it will look like it's wearing a hula skirt. Will it recover?

Oh, and please tell me how to send you the seeds without damaging them. Should I spray the seeds first?
And let me know where to send them, of course!
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Old April 20th, 2009, 09:09 PM
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Default OK Not a problem. I will help you

There are two kinds of fungicide sprays that I have used and worked for me. Depending on what the sago palm is suffering with will depend on the fungicide to use. There are commercial fungicides use to treat T-Scale which might be the cause of this but I cant really tell. fungal infection is common to the Sago in Florida where it is humid. Sagos are best for Northern Florida and norther states. Where do you live?

Can you send a close up picture of the leaves?

You can start by removing all the browning leaves.

Also trim the lower ones to relieve stress.

THis picture below is from a website that talks about the Scale Infection of the Sago

IS this what your sago looks like?

I used Organicide and Liquid copper fungicide to remove all fungus and scales from some of my palms. Although the Organocide is not listed on this site, they do offer it. I know this because I called and ask.

You can also pick up these fungicides at a local garden center or Home depot or lowes. Do this ASAP. Once you get this, then apply as directed. The way to know if your palm has been cured is when you rub your fingers against the leaf where the scale is and if white comes off you have done a good job. If yellow or some other color persists then you need to re-apply.

This is from the site as well... It could also be this...

The fungus is fusarium. The scale is said to weaken the plants allowing the fusarium. to enter. The top fronds of sagos collapse, "seemingly overnight."

Same thing you can use to treat this.

A major problem is scale re-infection. Even if you kill off all the scales on your sagos, they can come back and frequently they do. They come from other infected sagos near your home. The point is, re-check often (say, monthly) with the finger test. If re-infection occurs, re-spray (the whole 4x or 5x cycle) all over again

The palm tree will recover with time. You may not see any improvement for a while. A to see a new leaf could take a few months. So patience and persistence is the key.

PLease I would like to see more photos... Myabe some one else can help as well.

And yes you can remove the seeds just by pulling them off, this will not hurt the seed or damage the palm. Also you don't have to spray them before sending, thank you thank you so much for doing this, I love Sago Palms just as much as you want to keep it alive. I want to help you make sure your sago stays alive. So let me know how the status is.

PLease grab all the ones around the soil too Your the best

I will private message you my address...or if you have an email? you can private message me that as well.


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Old April 21st, 2009, 01:13 PM
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Default Hurry.

No time should be wasted. The quicker the better. Any local nursery will know how to treat it as well. Dont let them fool you though to buy a lot of things.
SMILE. Someone is looking. Go Green. Buy Palms!
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 11:09 AM
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Hello again. Thank you so much for your help. I feel really bad for this tree. I have no business growing plants, but I'll be sure to take good care of this one.

the palm tree - a set on Flickr is where I put up a bunch of pictures.

I did ask around a bit, but it seemed as though they want me to buy a ton of chemicals... seemingly enough to Kill the tree, not heal it.

By scales, do you mean the powdery stuff? I assumed it was pollen from other trees around, and from the crown. It wipes off easily with a paper towel.

I live in West Central Florida. About 15 minutes from the gulf.

Should I trim off only the totally brown stems, or even the ones that are just starting to turn brown? What about the clump of leaves/fronds that is emerging from the top? It's a long sago, the closest one is on the other side of the house, and it looks fine.

There are no seeds laying around the plant. Seems as though someone has been using my tree as a salad bar...

Thank-you again!
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 03:29 PM
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Default Your Sago Palm is going to be ok.

there are new fronds comming out in the middle. BUTTTTT you must hurry and buy the insecticide/fungicide called organocide and spray it over and over....
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Old September 24th, 2011, 03:21 PM
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Default Good luck with your palm

Hopefully it does well


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